Chris Woakes called up as Stokes ruled out of second Test

Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes has replaced Ben Stokes in England's Test squad
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Ben Stokes has been ruled out of England's second Test against Sri Lanka in Chester-le-Street with a knee injury and replaced in the squad by Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes.

Stokes suffered the injury during England's convincing innings-and-88-run victory in the first Test at Headingley, playing a limited part in proceedings as a result.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed this morning (Monday) that he will miss the Test at his home ground, which begins on Thursday 27th May.

An ECB spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo that Stokes is likely to undergo a minor surgery to clean the cartilage in his knee which will keep him out of action for about six weeks, putting his participation for the third Test in doubt.

If Stokes does undergo the surgery, it will effectively rule him out of the limited overs series that follows the ongoing Test campaign against Sri Lanka.

"Following a scan yesterday and review by the medical team, it was advised that Stokes would be unavailable for the match in Durham," an ECB statement confirmed.

"The 24-year-old will be reviewed by a consultant tomorrow to decide on a management plan."

Warwickshire's Woakes, who has been in excellent form this season with bat and ball, will come into the squad, but not before playing two days of Warwickshire's County Championship match against Durham.

Similarly, Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball will play two days of his side's match against Hampshire and then join up with the squad.

Woakes struck 121 in his latest match for Warwickshire against Nottinghamshire and has taken 14 wickets in the County Championship this season.

He has played six Tests, 43 One-Day Internationals and eight T20 Internationals for his country.

England squad for 2nd Sri Lanka Test: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Chris Woakes

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